Supporting Refugees: friends of Said+ Nora in Athens, Greece
Organized by: Renee Dryg
Nora and Said found out today that Germany will grant them asylum!
December 27, 2016
EVENT DATE Aug 26, 2016
While in Greece we met a young couple, that has received some aid while they await news of their asylum application. Now Said has a "job" (unpaid) in his area of environental engineering in Athens. Said and Nora are helping us give by being point people on the ground in Athens that take our donations directly to refugees.
The boats are coming again now, people in the hundreds per day. Until April of 2016, thousands of refugees were arriving on the tiny island of Lesbos, Greece every DAY with nothing but their wet clothes. They came from Turkey on tiny rubber rafts overstuffed with people. Many did not make it. Currently, these displaced and desperate people are being detained, uncertain if they will be granted asylum or deported back to Turkey.
We were drawn to go and help with this humanitarian crisis when we saw photos of my friend Janis’ experience as a volunteer here and the great need evident in her images.
In 2015 almost 2 million refugees made the long and risky journey to Europe, with at least 5000 reported to have died along the way. The conflict in Syria continues to be by far the biggest driver of migration. But the ongoing violence in Afghanistan and Iraq, abuses in Eritrea, as well as poverty in Kosovo, are also leading people to look for new lives elsewhere.
Together, Treena and Renee, two NYC teachers, spent our spring break to join other volunteers at Eftalou beach in Molyvos on the island of Lesbos, where there is a huge effort underway to provide food and clothing to these displaced people. Previously, refugees arrived all day long. Volunteers helped people get on land, get in dry clothes, find their friends and family, get water and food, and locate medical help if needed. We are gave our time and the cost of travel, room, and board, and we are asked for your moral and financial support. We were able to buy food and supplies directly ~no bureaucracy~ for these refugees who have nothing. Some don't even have a pair of shoes. We bought supplies on the island and transported them to the distribution points and camps directly.
With gratitude and appreciation, Renee Dryg and Treena Thibodeau